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  • Nine Projects Qualify for the First 2016 LEGO Ideas Review

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    The First 2016 LEGO Ideas Review qualifying period ended this Monday morning, May 2nd at 12:00 a.m. Central European Summer Time or GMT+2.

    Today we can celebrate that nine mightily impressive projects have gathered 10,000 supporters between the months of January and May 2016. This included our old robot friend from the 80's, Johnny Five, who snuck through to the Review stage with just a few days to go. We wish to extend our congratulations to all those members who have worked very hard to not only build, but also promote, creative LEGO models that the community has shown a strong passion for.

    We cannot wait to see what the LEGO Review Board says now that these projects have qualified for the First 2016 LEGO Ideas Review.

    Fossil Museum (by whatpumpkin)

     

    Gingerbread House (by Swan Dutchman)

     

    Jedi High Council Chamber (by lojaco)

     

    Jurassic Park Visitor Center (by LDiEgo)

     

    Modular Train Station (by LegoWolf)

     

    Old Fishing Store (by robenanne)

     

    Particle Accelerator (by JKBrickworks)

     

    Rolling BB-8 !! (by mjsmiley and artbot138)

     

    Johnny Five (by PepaQuin)

     

    Third 2015 LEGO Review Results Coming Up!

    The LEGO Review Board is hard at work wrapping up the Third 2015 LEGO Review and we look forward to sharing the news with you all in a few weeks. Below are the projects that are currently being reviewed:

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  • First 2016 LEGO Ideas Review Deadline – May 2

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    It is that time of the year again, when we are approaching the First 2016 LEGO Ideas Review deadline with light speed. Projects have until Monday May 2nd at 12:00 midnight (Central European Summer Time or GMT+2) to gather support if they want to be considered in the First 2016 LEGO Ideas Review. So if your favourite project hasn’t reached 10,000 supporters yet, then make sure to lend your support or spread the word about the project. Who knows, perhaps you will be the supporter that makes the difference!

    Projects that reach 10,000 supporters after midnight on Monday qualify for the Second 2016 review period ending Monday, September 5, 2016.

    Currently, 8 fantastic projects have gathered the necessary 10,000 supporters. Who will reach break the 10,000 barrier next? When will they reach it? Stay tuned for the excitement!!


    Third 2015 LEGO Review Results Coming Soon
    Over the last few months, the LEGO Review Board has been working tirelessly to wrap up the results of the Third 2015 LEGO Review. Although we know the anticipation is thrilling, we can’t wait to share the news with you in a few weeks! So you’ll have to wait just a little while longer.

     

    What is the LEGO Review?
    When a LEGO Ideas project reaches 10,000 supporters, it goes into the "LEGO Review." Our LEGO Review Board considers each project's potential as a LEGO set, using a process similar to the one used for our own LEGO products. For more info on the LEGO Review, check out the "What is a Project?" section of our Project Guildeines and House Rules.

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  • Interview with LEGO® Maze fan designer, Jason Allemann

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    The LEGO® Ideas team met up with fan designer, Jason Allemann (a.k.a JKBrickworks), in January 2016 to get to know a little more about his passion for LEGO bricks, his inspiration behind the a-MAZE-ing LEGO 21305 Maze, as well as his nearly two year journey to reaching the much sought after 10,000 supporter milestone. 

    Check out the video below!

    Jason gathered a great deal of information about his LEGO Maze creation in a handy overview on his website. Included on the site are a number of inspirational Mazes that he built using the available LEGO bricks from the LEGO Maze set. Be inspired: http://jkbrickworks.com/maze.
     

    After we met Jason, he also shared some more insights about his journey with LEGO and gives some great advice as to how you can reach 10,000 supporters through hard work and perserverance. 

    1. How long have you been building with LEGO bricks?

    For most of my life, really, though there were a few periods where not much building was going on. I really enjoyed building with LEGO bricks as a child, and I was especially fascinated with the early LEGO Technic sets. Throughout university and my early adult life I didn't build as much, usually only when visiting home, and the occasional set I would buy to display on my desk at work. Somewhere around 1999, when The LEGO Group acquired the Star Wars license, is when I really started getting back into it, and LEGO bricks have been a big part of my life ever since then.

    2. What inspired you to build this model and put it on LEGO Ideas?

    It actually all started with a custom LEGO minifigure scale bookshelf that my friend, and fellow AFOL, Deborah Higdon posted online (https://www.flickr.com/photos/buildingsblockd/6366514839). She built the bookshelf by stacking panel pieces on their sides, and the first thing that came to mind when I saw it was that you could build mazes using the same technique. I built a few small, static mazes, but you couldn't really do anything with them. It wasn't long before I was building larger mazes to run a ball through, and eventually working on a tilting mechanism to control them.

    I had no intention of submitting the model to LEGO Ideas originally, but after posting it online a lot of people suggested that I should. I figured, 'Sure, why not?'. LEGO Ideas was still pretty new at the time, but I thought it was an interesting concept, so figured it would be worth a try.

     

    3. Did you run into any challenges when designing these models?

    The control system was the most challenging part of the model for sure. How well it worked would make or break the play-ability of the model. I spent some time going through a few prototypes before deciding on the system of control rods in the final model.

    4. What did you do to promote your project?

    I shared it with many communities that I thought might be interested. Obviously some of the larger LEGO communities, but also some smaller online communities that were focused on traditional games. I was lucky enough to have a few of the larger LEGO related blogs promote it, which helped it get out of the gate running. After a few months I designed another themed maze, and I think that helped renew interest in the project. I also made a video showing how it worked, which I think really helped people see that it was a viable model, and gave them a more concrete idea of how it worked and what was possible.

    5. What advice can you give to other LEGO Ideas members with active projects?

    I think the most important thing is to determine what makes your project stand out from all the others, and really try to play off that strength. Also, find the communities of people that might be interested in it and spread the word. To get 10,000 supporters you need to expose your project to a lot of people. If it seems that not many people are interested, then try to determine why, and refine your idea to address those issues. I think posting updates can help show people that you are committed to making your project as good as it can be, and can also generate renewed interest in your project.

     

    Still haven't gotten your LEGO Maze yet?

    Then get yours right here!

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  • The A-maze-ing Maze is Now Available on Shelves!

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    Ladies and Gentlemen, Children of (nearly) all ages,

    Please help us welcome the latest addition to the LEGO® Ideas family - 21305 Maze, which is now available for purchase. Designed by Jason Allemann, Maze is a reinvention of the classic ball and labyrinth game that offers endless hours of fun. With an interchangeable maze system, you are only limited by your imagination. Easily build new mazes and swap them out to keep the challenge going or build new mazes featuring your favourite LEGO Minifigures or themes.

    You can purchase the LEGO Maze on LEGO Shop for a recommend retail price of USD $69.99 / EUR €69.99 and you can find more details about the LEGO Maze here.

    Be Inspired

    Check out some sample mazes from Jason in our Gallery. We hope it inspires you to build your own and to share them with your friends and other Maze builders!

    Tips & Tricks

    If you’ve never played the classic ball and labyrinth version of the game, then do check out the video below. LEGO Maze creator, Jason Allemann, shares some great tips and tricks for playing with the LEGO Maze and successfully rolling across the finish line.

    Meet Fan Designer Jason Allemann

    If you’re in or around Toronto, Canada on the 9th of April, 2016 then be sure to stop by the LEGO Store in Yorkdale between 11AM and 3PM where you’ll have a chance to meet LEGO Maze designer, Jason Allemann, and get your Maze signed.

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  • LEGO Ideas Second 2015 Review Results

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    Over the past several months, we’ve reviewed nine amazing projects that reached 10,000 supporters between May and September last year, which was our second review qualification period of 2015. Here are the results:

    Caterham Super Seven

    Carl Greatrix is known in the LEGO fan community for his photo-realistic models of cars, trains, and aircraft. He’s perfectly captured the classic British sports car in LEGO bricks … and now you’ll be able to own one too.

    Adventure Time

    These poseable brick-built Adventure Time figures are coming to a Land of Ooo near you. Yep, it’s finally time for LEGO Adventure Time, thanks to aBetterMonkey.

    Design, pricing, and availability

    We’re still working out the final product design, pricing and availably for both Caterham Super Seven and Adventure Time, so check back on LEGO Ideas later this year for details.

    Decision regarding Star Citizen F7A Hornet

    For the last two review periods, we’ve carried forward the Star Citizen F7A Hornet by nosmigon project for review. Unfortunately we’ve decided not to consider the project further.

    Next Review Results Late Spring 2016

    The next batch of LEGO Ideas projects are already in review. We’re considering these projects that reached 10,000 supporters between September and January as possible future LEGO sets. We’ll share results of the Third 2015 LEGO review period for projects that qualified between September 2015 and early January 2016 later this spring.

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